Man charged with hate crime in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A northside La Crosse man was charged Monday with a hate crime.

Police said the man has been harassing a neighbor with racial slurs, pounding on walls and doors and yelling obscenities for the last month, according to the complaint, filed in La Crosse County Circuit Court. 

According to authorities, Leslie Beach, 47, swore at officers and used racial slurs before calling 911 to complain that police were at his door. He continued to use profanity toward police during his arrest and on the way to the La Crosse County Jail.

Prosecutors charged Beach with disorderly conduct as a hate crime, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

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